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Underwood sweeps at American Country Awards

Monday, December 6, 2010 – Carrie Underwood cleaned up at the first American Country Awards winning six awards Monday, including Artist of the Year. Underwood took home the top honor in all six categories in which she was nominated - top female artist, touring artist, album ("Play On"), single (Cowboy Casanova) and music video ( ) by a female artist.

Lady Antebellum won four awards: single of the year by a duo or group, single of the year, music video and top duo or group, all for Need You Now.

Easton Corbin won all three breakthrough artist categories: Breakthrough Artist and single and video (both for A Little More Country Than That).

Hillbilly Bone by Blake Shelton earned him Music Video of the Year and Music Video: Male.

Brad Paisley won top male artist.

Josh Turner received the best single award by a male artist for Why Don't We Just Dance.

Alan Jackson received the Greatest Hits Award, Rascal Flatts took the Decade Award and Toby Keith scored with the Video Visionary Award.

Trace Adkins hosted the show held in Las Vegas.

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All Over The Road CD review - All Over The Road
Easton Corbin jumped on to the country music scene two years ago with a self-titled album and a fun, easy-going single, titled I'm A Little More Country Than That. The Florida native's staying power or lack there of will be determined by his 11-song sophomore album, "All Over The Road." Corbin makes a strong case with this album that combines strong ballads and impressive mid-tempo songs. The songs are well-written as Corbin enlisted the services of accomplished songwriters »»»
Easton Corbin CD review - Easton Corbin
You may not always be able to judge a book by its cover. But the image of a north Florida country boy playing a guitar and sitting next to a dog on a front porch perfectly describes what the mood of the 11 songs will be. Corbin recalls George Strait on several songs, but none more than the hit A Little More Country Than That. It's his debut song and firmly establishes him on the traditional side of the country/pop-country canyon. But Corbin isn't simply a sound-a-like. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball" – At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat. Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
Concert Review: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name – Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
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